I was in a tremendous hurry this morning – late for a meeting I wasn’t prepared for, stuck in traffic, ignoring my neighbors as I roared out of the driveway, trading my typical breakfast for a green power smoothie left overnight in the refrigerator. I didn’t have time for anything — mad at the world and all the drivers in my way. Once on the interstate, I grabbed at the Blender bottle of juice and shook it vigorously — and splattered my shirt, pants, briefcase and windshield of the car with some wretched spinach-kale-flax seed oil mix. As I turned back to go home to clean up, I realized that I have absolutely no control over anything — including a bottle of juice.
In a hurry? God isn’t.
Inspiration this blog is from James G Taylor, who listed these references in the back of a pocket bible.
Psalm 15 (NIV)
1 Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain?
2 The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart; 3 whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others; 4 who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the Lord; who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind; 5 who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
Whoever does these things will never be shaken.
Matthew 12:31 (NIV)
31 And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.
John 3:27 (NIV)
27 To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven.
John 3:36 (NIV)
36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.
Luke 16:9-13 (NIV)
9 I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?
13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
1 Corinthians 2:4-5 (NIV)
4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.
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